Apple gives users another good reason to take the latest public beta for a test drive.
Hawk-eyed Redditors using public beta of iOS 14.5 Note that when you ask Siri to play music, the assistant will ask the user to select which music track they want it to use to play the song or artist. Normally, Siri is the default Apple Music app only when an app is not specified. But as confirmed by Gizmodo, asking Siri to “play Phoebe Bridgers” in iOS 14.5, for example, you’ll see a menu of options for Apple Music, Spotify, Podcasts, and for some reason, Books.
Reddit user matejamm1, who shared a screenshot of the feature and had other music apps installed, also saw these apps on this screen.
If Spotify is selected from this menu, Siri seems to be the default for that app the next time it is asked to play music – but the feature is quite buggy. When I tested the ability to set my default music app as Spotify in iOS 14.5, Siri would sometimes be Spotify by default, sometimes open Apple Music and sometimes bring up the same menu to choose which app I wanted to play the song or music from . However, colleagues who do not run the public beta did not have this option when they asked Siri to play music, so there is something.
This is just one reason to explore Apple’s latest public beta, especially for those of us who are not particularly interested in Apple’s own services. Recently, the company has slowly eased to force us to use them. Last year, iOS 14 introduced the ability to change your favorite email and browser apps for non-Apple services like Chrome and Gmail. The ability to change other default options would be welcome.
Another standout feature in the iOS 14.5 public beta is the ability to use an Apple Watch unlock iPhone while wearing a mask. Sure, it can save you just a few seconds spent manually entering your password, but listen, it makes the process of unlocking your phone while using a mask a little less annoying. I have tested it the last few days and have found that it works well.
In 2021, we are already saving time and flowing better. A small victory, but I take it.